Radiation Therapy Services
Tampa General Hospital's Cancer Institute provides outpatient radiation therapy services via HDR Brachytherapy and TomoTherapy® Hi-Art® treatment. TGH's advanced and attentive patient care has earned us placement on Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2019 list for radiation oncology, and we are one of only six hospitals in Florida to receive the recognition. Additionally, TGH is one of the Top 8 Hospitals in Florida and among the Top 10% for Cancer care in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 rankings.
Our Radiation Oncologists
Our radiation oncologists are highly skilled, combining their expertise with the use of state-of-the-art radiation technology to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. We are active members of groundbreaking clinical trials and research in radiation therapy, allowing us to provide the most up-to-date and helpful treatments for our clients.
Additionally, because our approach to care is a multidisciplinary one, we work closely with TGH’s entire cancer treatment team, which includes other specialized oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurses and many others who are all dedicated to providing world-class care to our patients.
Our Radiation Treatment Options
High dose-rate, or HDR, brachytherapy is a type of focused radiation therapy used to treat many cancers, including gynecological and skin cancers. Unlike external beam radiation delivered by a machine that aims the radiation to the part of the body where the tumor is located, brachytherapy is delivered through applicators. The applicators are placed internally near the tumor for cervical or endometrial cancer or directly on the skin to treat skin cancer.
Treatment is faster than external beam radiation alone because it is a higher dose of radiation. As a result, a patient may only need brachytherapy treatments two or three times a week instead of five days a week with external radiation therapy. Treatments are typically performed on an outpatient basis.
Our TomoTherapy® Hi-Art® treatment system provides advanced, image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with highly precise targeting and attacking of cancer cells. The radiation is delivered from 360 degrees around a patient and helps to effectively treat hard-to-reach and complex tumors of varying sizes in a single session or course of treatment. Additionally, TomoTherapy minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs and lowers the risk of pain and complications. The treatment can be adapted to ensure patients get the right dosage, in the right places at the right time.
Types of Cancer Treated with TomoTherapy
The TomoTherapy system is used to treat routine to complex types of cancer, including:
What to Expect
The video below explains what you can expect during your radiation treatment planning session.
Your First Day of Radiation Treatment
The video below explains what you can expect on your first day of radiation therapy.
For more information about TGH's Cancer Institute or to schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist at Tampa General Hospital, call 813-844-7585. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.